Connect with us

Euro 2016

Spain Euro hattrick campaign starts

Spain Euro hattrick campaign
starts with a hard fought win, Gerard Pique came to rescue combining with his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta. Iniesta was man of the match.

Spain Uefa European championship hattrick campaign starts with a win over Czech Republic. Spain dominated the game as always with their tiki-taka performance, but their patience have been tested by the Czech Republic defence. Peter Cech once again gave an outstanding performance for Czech Republic to avoid as many goals of Spain as possible. But, the reigning European champion Spain find the net in late gasping minutes from Gerard Pique header.

Spain with all their possession didn’t look good upfront, no one was there to find the net. Alvaro Morata & Nolito, the new Spanish striker duo didn’t look good and don’t cause much problem to the veteran Czech keeper Peter Cech. As Arsene wenger said, all the best strikers are South Americans. Euro 2016 is clearly lacking the fire power in their strikers, the goals are not coming. All of the best teams had all the ball possessions but they didn’t score many goals to be in a comfortable position.


France find the goal in late minutes to snatch a winner, England didn’t win their game with all the best of EPL strikers, Croatia didn’t score much against Turkey, and Germany were only leading the match with one goal till the dying second. And it same goes for Spain, more than 70% of the ball possession and still didn’t find the net till 87th minute. In 87th minute it’s Gerard Pique- the central defender who finds the net with a header, there was no clinical finisher in the box for Spain.

In the midfield the Spanish trio worked very well. Andres Iniesta, the little genius was particularly good, and it same goes for David Silva and Cesc Fabregas. They put all the ball upfront on numerous occasions but Morato didn’t show his worth although he does have got a haircut as superstition, but it seems it is not helping him.

Iniesta run the show, and he was “man of the match”. The Barcelona midfielder was everywhere: ghosting past rivals in midfield, curling wonderful passes into the area, even tracking back early in the second half to win the ball in his own half. But he couldn’t do it all on his own and Spain’s strikers flopped once again on a big afternoon. Morata’s movement was good, but he has seldom looked entirely convincing for Spain and he doesn’t look like a classic centre-forward.

As this Euro 2016 has witnessed a magic moment happened once again. In 87th minute, Iniesta curled a wonderful ball into the box and Pique headed home after 87 minutes to save Spain’s blushes and secure a morale-boosting win in another tight match. Now spain sit on top with Croatia in the group with their wins and they can qualify for later stages. Spain avoided another shameful night which may have come, and a defeat may have have eliminated them from Euro 2016 group stage as well. Because Turkey and Croatia are much better team against whom Spain will play their next matches.

“I think we played well,” he said. “We controlled the game, but the ball just didn’t want to go in. I was lucky enough to score, but the whole team was phenomenal. And what a pass from Iniesta, what quality.” Gerard Pique the goal scorer said.

Spain started their hattrick Uefa European championship campaign with a win, and it’s a good sign. It will be a moral boosting for El Roja who were defending their title in Brazil world cup and they got eliminated from group stage. At least they started their Euro campaign with a win and they can still defend their European title.


More in Euro 2016